Comments from the Photographer – Emerald Point condos for sale

March 21, 2010

These comments are from Jan Todd, photographer for The Lake Wylie Man – David Coone, waterfront specialist for Lake Wylie real estate

I was very happy to hear that David had listed three waterfront condos for sale in Emerald Point.  I visited Emerald Point during the summer, and photographed some general community shots.  It was a gorgeous summer day, with a blue blue sky that really made the water look nice.  Emerald Point is located on a very lovely part of Lake Wylie, with lots of natural shorelines and beautiful scenery.

Sometimes the timing of a new listing, or the schedules of the sellers, don’t exactly match the best part of the day or week for photography.  Unfortunately, this was the case for the properties at Emerald Point.  Bright sunny days have been few and far between lately, so I had to deal with some overcast skies when photographing the condos for sale last week.  Luckily, I had my photos from the summer to blend in for the visual tours and listing shots. 

Each of the three condos had been renovated, and were a pleasure to photograph.  I love to ask the sellers what drew them to the property, and the answers were quite similar – – the lifestyle!  As they described coming home from work, going out on the lake for a boat ride, watching the sun set over the water, I could imagine what was so appealing about the resort-like lifestyle.  One seller said that he went out wakeboarding almost every day during the summer!

Most of the residents are either young, single, newly married, or retired.  Most of the condos have 2 bedrooms, so are not designed for large families.  A few of the condos are larger, but the majority are under 1500 square feet. 

Emerald Point was built in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, so the condos are around 20 years old.  Prime time for updates!  I was very impressed with the renovations in the Lake Wylie waterfront condo at 7324-4 Lakefront.  The seller had removed most of the wall at the entry, and had really opened up the kitchen area.  He had installed a work island, and had put in new cabinets and granite countertops.  All of the flooring was updated, and it is really nice!

The seller at the Lake Wylie waterfront condo 7340-7 Lakefront was quite meticulous.  He had also done quite a few upgrades, with tile in the bath, new cabinets in the kitchen and baths, and black granite counter tops.  As I was leaving, he came outside and called me back.  He wanted to remove the shower curtain so I could re-photograph his glass enclosed tile shower!  He said he had the shower curtain to make it easier to clean, but wanted to show the shower in the pictures without the curtain.  When I encounter a seller that is particular like that, it indicates to me that he really cares about his property and takes good care of it!

The property at 9817-8 Emerald Point has new flooring and some new appliances.  While all three of the properties have deeded boat slips, this one also comes with a lift.  This one is also located  with a northern exposure, which means it will have both sunrise and sunset views.  (That appeals to the photographer in me, of course!)

All in all, very nice choices for someone who would like a low-maintenance lakeside lifestyle.  The monthly dues are in the low $300’s (depending on the unit), which covers pool & tennis, exterior maintenance of the homes (new roofs, exterior paint, etc.), landscaping and care of the common areas, and water/sewer.  While $300/month certainly isn’t cheap, it really is reasonable considering the items covered.  It’s a whole lot less than $300/night that it would cost to stay in a resort!

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401 Sebring Ct. – Comments from the Photographer

March 14, 2010

Comments from the  Photographer on 401 Sebring Ct., a waterfront home for sale on Lake Wylie

Listed for $965,000 in Lake Wylie’s HarborTowne neighborhood, I had high expectations for this home.  I knew it would be a pleasure to photograph, with lots of big lake views.  I was not disappointed.  The home is located on a beautiful part of Lake Wylie, surrounded by other lovely homes. 

I was greeted by the seller, who gave me a tour.  I asked him what drew him to the home when he purchased it several years ago.  Without hesitation, he said the views and location.  The home was built to capitalize on the lake views; big picture windows are in every room except the bathrooms and bonus room.

The great room has huge cathedral ceilings, with windows all the way to the top.  The upper window are tinted, which cut down on heat and excessive light.  I didn’t notice the tinting until I downloaded the photographs.  That was a bit of a challenge with the pictures!  Sometimes the camera picks up things that my eyes do not notice. 

The master bedroom is on the main level, and and a huge walk in closet.  It reminded me of a closet I photographed in another house about a year ago.  In that one, the owners had actually hosted a party INSIDE their closet after the remodeling was done.  Neighbors were gathered around a center island, enjoying wine and cheese in the closet.  Quite memorable!

In this home’s closet, there is a center island cabinet that houses 100 pairs of shoes.  “97 for her, 3 for me,” quipped the seller. 

One of my favorite features of the home was the library loft above the great room.  It was loaded with built in bookshelves, and lots of places to curl up with a good read.  And, naturally, it overlooks the water!  To see this house, visit the property webpage: Lake Wylie Waterfront Home for Sale.

Let me know what you think.  And have fun counting the shoes!

Thanks for reading.  To see more Lake Wylie real estate, please visit our website.

Comments from the Photographer – 12735 Withers Cove

March 13, 2010

12735 Withers Cove in Charlotte, NC, just listed for $649,000.  Comments from the photographer: Jan Todd

When I arrived at the home to take pictures for this new listing, I was greeted warmly by the seller, a man with a delightful sense of humor and most helpful.  It didn’t take long for me to determine that the homeowners were very creative and artistic.  Their home has many details that are whimsical, yet very tasteful.

Occasionally I see marks of individuality on a property that would not appeal to the masses, in fact, might deter most buyers.  This was not the case at 12735 Withers Cove.  The home was inviting and interesting and quite lovely!  Take a look at the property webpage:

My favorite feature in the home was the kitchen/dining area.  The builder used columns to define the dining area, giving it a very intimate feel in an otherwise open area.  A sitting area next to the dining table opened up to the second floor.  The seller had hanging plants (on adjustable cables, for easy watering!).  It reminded me of a mini-atrium.  Quite lovely!  Take a peek and tell me what you think.

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Shopping for Real Estate on the Internet – Virtual Drive By

February 24, 2010
Technology is certainly changing the world of real estate. The National Association of Realtors reports that 84% of consumers will use the internet in finding their next home. I believe that, as I find my website traffic for The Lake Wylie Man increasing day by day, and many of my customer inquiries and phone calls coming from the internet. 

One real estate agent in our office, who loves to keep us up to date on fun, helpful, and sometimes silly diversions via email, sent a link to Google’s Virtual Turnpike. This is a site where you can type in any address in the U.S. (and several other countries as well), and see a photographed street view of the location. You can see traffic conditions, surroundings, etc. as you pan around and even do a virtual drive-by.

I thought it would be cool to add this link to my property web pages for Lake Wylie Real Estate for Sale, until I typed in a few addresses of my listed properties, just to take a look. Many of the lake properties (especially in more remote areas, as some lake properties tend to be), the Virtual Turnpike has not photographed yet, so I was out of luck on those.

Those that did have photographs, however, were subject to lighting conditions, timing, and things that weren’t always optimal to portray the property accurately. For instance, one address was taken when there was a new house being built across the street. The road was muddy from construction vehicles, and the Port-a-John in the scene did absolutely nothing to highlight the charm of the half-million dollar home I am trying to sell!

Another property had pictures taken not long after the home was completed, and lots of bald patches in the lawn (since grown in thanks to the irrigation system and landscaping efforts of the seller!) didn’t present the property in the best light.

Yet another home had a shot on the street of a pickup truck driving by. The truck was probably 20+ years old, had rust spots and looked pretty rough. Not typical of the neighborhood, mind you, but there it was, marking the area’s personality until an update is done, whenever that might be! One address had pictures taken on garbage pick-up day, and trash cans (with white trash bags sitting atop, no less) graced the curbs . . . again, not the prettiest picture!

So – – virtual drive by’s – – a fun diversion, a handy tool for a slice of life . . . but one to be taken with the realization that the photo may capture things that are not permanent fixtures! Of course, in real estate photography, we do attempt to show a property in its very best light. We try to take pictures when the sun is “just so”, lighting the best angle (though that’s not always possible). We sometimes move the trash cans out of the way, if they’re in the shot. We really, really try not to have any Port-a-John’s in the photo.

Bottom line, though a vast majority of people shop for real estate on the internet, very few BUY real estate without first visiting the property in person. I can’t imagine that changing! And as you will realize, that ACTUAL visit makes all the difference.

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Preparing for a Home Inspection

December 20, 2007

A little preparation can go a long way in getting ready for a home inspection.  If you’ve just sold your home, you want it to be in the best shape possible.  The sale may be contingent on a favorable inspection, and you may be responsible for repairs prior to closing.  It’s best to keep the repair list as minor as possible.  So, before putting your house on the market, take care of some basic maintenance issues that will surely come up:

  • Clean all gutters.  Inspect and repair any roof damage.
  • Make sure mulch is 6-8″ away from the siding of your house.
  • Paint all weathered wood on the outside of your home.  Caulk around the trim, windows, and doors.
  • Replace or clean all filters.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs. 
  • Make sure all plumbing fixtures are in good condition, clean, and free from leaks.
  • Make sure there is access to all electrical panels, water heaters, etc.

Familiarize yourself with what a home inspection covers.  For a sample home inspection report (thanks to Brian Connelly, certified home inspector with Inspection Services in Rock Hill), visit the link below:

Brian’s website has some excellent information on home inspections, what to expect, and frequently asked questions.

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